Thursday, February 8, 2018

Joe Cosentino Stops By to Talk About His New Audiobook, Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back

Release announcement of the audiobook of Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back
by Joe Cosentino, performed by Chase Johnson, published by NineStar Press

For those of us living in the northeastern United States, February is the most depressing month of the year. It’s cold, dark, and barren. Everyone seems sick with a cold or flu. Also, for those of us working in academia, February is the beginning of a new semester, meaning new students to break in. So what better time than February to head over to Cozzi Cove for a much-needed vacation. What is Cozzi Cove? It’s a gay resort of eight bungalows on a gorgeous private cove on the New Jersey Shore with stunning views of the bay, lighthouse, and ocean. Is Cozzi Cove real? Only in my vivid imagination, and in some pieced-together memories from my childhood summers.
As some of you may know, I’ve written five Cozzi Cove novels, the last novel not yet published. The first novel, Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back, was voted TBR Pile Book of the Month and received a Rainbow Award Honorable Mention. Readers loved the gorgeous locations, steamy romance, laugh out loud humor, and shocking plot twists and turns. After all, Cozzi Cove is a place where nothing is what it seems, anything can happen, and love is always in the sea air. In addition to Cal Cozzi, the sexy ex-football player innkeeper, and his family and friends, each novel brings an array of intoxicating guests to Cozzi Cove.
            The multiple storylines leant themselves perfectly to creating an audiobook. But what audiobook performer could embody Cal Cozzi, his sister Taylor, Cal’s husband Lance, Michael a new young man in Cal’s life, hunky bartender Tommy, New Age restaurant owner Carla, and all the vacationers at Cozzi Cove. What narrator could perfectly describe the beautiful settings, connect with the humor, and exhibit the necessary timing for the plot twists and turns? After listening to many narrators, I found Chase Johnson. Chase has an incredibly sexy, masculine voice, perfect for Cal Cozzi. He is also quite versatile in his character voices, and a very good actor. His diction is flawless, and his audiobooks are produced with fine equipment. I was delighted when Chase agreed to do the audiobook for Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back. After giving him my insights into the novel, Chase took it from there, connecting perfectly with Cal, the other characters, the book’s location, and the theatrical quality of the novel. When I heard the audiobook, I was on Cozzi Cove. I know you’ll agree that he did a terrific job. I hope Chase and I have more collaborations in the future.
So, grab your Speedos, suntan lotion, and shades and head over to Cozzi Cove for a listen of a lifetime. I hope to see you there! And I love hearing from readers. Please let me know all about your February trip to the beach at:

On Cozzi Cove at the New Jersey shore, handsome Cal Cozzi’s seven bungalows are open for summer and love. Mario and Harold are brothers and college students who happen to look alike, but couldn’t be more different: Mario is searching for love, and Harold is searching for lust. Josh and Greg, a wealthy older couple, are matchmakers for their son, Christopher. When it comes to Connor, the maid, packed with muscles and a roving sponge, anything can happen. Opposites attract as wild Tim with the secret past meets shy Mark, and porn star Chuck Caliber connects with Sean, a virgin romance novelist. And what will happen when computer-game designer Arthur has a midnight sea rendezvous with a merman? Even married Cal faces an emotional upheaval when a gay bashing turns into something quite unexpected. What secrets and passions lie in magical Cozzi Cove?

 Praise for COZZI COVE: BOUNCING BACK: Book of the Month at The TBR Pile, Rainbow Award Honorable Mention, 3rd Place Best Fiction Book of 2016 on Urban Book Reviews

 “I loved this story. It carries you through the full range of emotions, from joy to sadness, from happiness to anger.  The characters are beautifully written.” “I look forward to a return visit to the Cove.” TBR Pile

 “Heartbreaking and heartwarming, sweet beginnings for some, sour endings for others, emotions jumping off the page as you turn eagerly to read more, welcome to Cozzi Cove. The author measured his scales to perfection in delivering the perfect balance of love, laughter and tears in this sexy, fun filled holiday romance entwined with some sadness. Summer magic waved its wand at all who visited and stayed at Cozzi Cove and I was one of those who wanted to stay.” Three Books Over the Rainbow

 “poignant and full of beautiful imagery. It's one crazy mix of characters, all weird and wonderful in their own way” “It made me laugh out loud, cry and want to snuggle up with someone I loved. I couldn't have asked for more.” Divine Magazine

 “In true Joe Cosentino style, this book is packed full of drama! This cast of characters will have you laughing out loud one minute before ripping your heart out the next.” Joyfully Jay

 “If you like a lot of angst, some humor, love, sadness (be sure to have a couple of boxes of tissue handy), and some hot sensual man-sex, I highly, highly recommend this book. I loved all of the Joe Cosentino’s books, but I think this is my favorite to date! I am ready for book 2!” Cathy Brockman Romance & MM Good Book Reviews

 “Joe Cosentino has the amazing ability to combine heartwarming, feel good moments with droll, sometimes biting humor, along with insights into the frailties and peccadillos of being human.” “Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back is the very finest in literary fiction with a romance theme, yet it’s more than just that—it’s about human connections and empathy and finding a way out of the fear and inertia faced by so many. It’s also about courage and strength, about respect and coming to terms with all that life has to offer, and it’s about letting go. I loved this book and look forward to the next in the series. This is a highly recommended read, well-deserving of Five Stars.” GGR Reviews

 “Cosentino tells the stories of the guests and owners at Cozzi Cove as separate yet intertwining stories, a delivery style that’s genius. It’s a bit like watching segments unfold in soap opera fashion.” “While the story is rife with the humor and lighthearted romance I’ve come to associate with Joe Cosentino, it also addresses several serious topics associated with the gay community: homophobia, stereotyping and coming out.” 3 Chicks After Dark

 “The humour is full of double entendres and tongue in cheek wit. I can't help but grin my way through his novels.” “Beneath the comings and goings and toings and froings and sex and arguments and innuendo are real issues. Coping with the death or illness or betrayal. Learning to love. Hoping. Yearning. Becoming different. Growing. Accepting.” “This author has yet to disappoint me with his stories.” “For me it’s love all the way.” Boy Meets Boy Reviews

 “There were parts that were hilarious, parts that were serious, parts that were happy and parts that were sad. Regardless of the emotion that the character was portraying at that moment, I was able to feel it myself.” “an amazing book.” “I also truly loved the storyline.” Inked Rainbow Reads

 “Cal (Cozzi) is clever, sweet, funny, and loyal.” “Cosentino’s writing is well done and clever.” Jo & Isa Love Books

“readers will meet a variety of characters that creates a soap opera intrigue, unlike any other novel read. This story will definitely keep readers guessing with every page. Only when readers reach the last page does everything become known. It’s addictive. Cozzi Cove is a brand new series that will keep Joe Cosentino’s readers on their toes and begging for more. I laughed, cried, and fell in love with this latest novel.” Urban Book Reviews

 “I loved each character just as much as the next, each one had their own quirks and nuances. This was a great start to the series, and Jersey Shore has never looked hotter!!” Alpha Book Club

"As a whole the story shines...the story is never dull and ends satisfyingly." Elisa Rainbow, Rainbow Awards

“This book is extremely well written and all the stories are equally compelling and cleverly crafted. There are moments when, just as you think you know what’s going on, the truth emerges and turns out to be something quite different….Cal’s guests are an amusing and heart wrenching mixed bag of people, all of whom I found irresistible in their own way….So many wonderful, poignant and often funny stories are told here….It’s a real roller coaster of a ride that’s finished off perfectly as the guests spend their last day at Cozzi Cove then check out to move on with their lives.” OptimuMM Book Reviews

“Another brilliantly written book by this author. He makes you want to take your own vacation in Cozzi Cove. You could feel all the emotion and love flowing from the pages.” Books Laid Bare Boys

Bestselling author Joe Cosentino wrote Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back, Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward, Cozzi Cove: Stepping Out, and Cozzi Cove: New Beginnings (NineStar Press); Drama Queen, Drama Muscle, Drama Cruise, Drama Luau, Drama Detective Nicky and Noah mysteries (Lethe Press); In My Heart/An Infatuation & A Shooting Star, A Home for the Holidays, The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland (Dreamspinner Press); Paper Doll, Porcelain Doll, Satin Doll, China Doll, Rag Doll (The Wild Rose Press) Jana Lane mysteries.. He has appeared in principal acting roles in film, television, and theatre, opposite stars such as Bruce Willis, Rosie O’Donnell, Nathan Lane, Holland Taylor, and Jason Robards. Joe is currently Head of the Department/Professor at a college in upstate New York, and is happily married. He was voted 2nd Place for Favorite MM Author of the Year in Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards for 2015, and his books have received numerous awards including Rainbow Award Honorable Mentions.

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